Should members of the LSU Board of Supervisors disclose who receives their scholarships?|
Story Archives: DeltaFest highlights weekend's activities
- 2013 - 962 articles
- 2012 - 1954 articles
- 2011 - 2029 articles
- 2010 - 2139 articles
- 2009 - 2066 articles
- 2008 - 1757 articles
- December 2008 - 146 articles
- November 2008 - 147 articles
- October 2008 - 232 articles
- October 31st, 2008 (Friday) - 2 articles
- October 30th, 2008 (Thursday) - 22 articles
- October 29th, 2008 (Wednesday) - 11 articles
- October 28th, 2008 (Tuesday) - 11 articles
- October 27th, 2008 (Monday) - 2 articles
- October 26th, 2008 (Sunday) - 1 articles
- October 24th, 2008 (Friday) - 14 articles
- October 23rd, 2008 (Thursday) - 11 articles
- October 22nd, 2008 (Wednesday) - 12 articles
- October 21st, 2008 (Tuesday) - 7 articles
- October 20th, 2008 (Monday) - 3 articles
- October 19th, 2008 (Sunday) - 1 articles
- October 17th, 2008 (Friday) - 13 articles
- October 16th, 2008 (Thursday) - 3 articles
- October 15th, 2008 (Wednesday) - 24 articles
- October 14th, 2008 (Tuesday) - 7 articles
- October 13th, 2008 (Monday) - 1 articles
- October 12th, 2008 (Sunday) - 1 articles
- October 9th, 2008 (Thursday) - 10 articles
- October 8th, 2008 (Wednesday) - 13 articles
- October 7th, 2008 (Tuesday) - 5 articles
- October 6th, 2008 (Monday) - 3 articles
- October 5th, 2008 (Sunday) - 5 articles
- October 4th, 2008 (Saturday) - 1 articles
- October 3rd, 2008 (Friday) - 10 articles
- October 2nd, 2008 (Thursday) - 21 articles
- October 1st, 2008 (Wednesday) - 18 articles
- September 2008 - 189 articles
- August 2008 - 126 articles
- July 2008 - 147 articles
- June 2008 - 111 articles
- May 2008 - 147 articles
- April 2008 - 141 articles
- March 2008 - 125 articles
- February 2008 - 135 articles
- January 2008 - 111 articles
|DeltaFest highlights weekend's activities|
Thousands of people from throughout the region are expected to venture to Monroe this weekend for the third annual DeltaFest at Chennault Park.
John Ross with the city of Monroe's department of community affairs said this year's DeltaFest will have a little something for everyone.
It will be held from Oct. 11-12.
"There's going to be so many events, and we hope people will come out with their families and have a great time," Ross said. "It's going to be a multicultural event with activities for the young and old."
"This is a city event, and all of the departments and employees have rallied together to help make this a great success," he said.
Monroe's director of community affairs Johnny Riley added, "There's going to be so many activities out there, and it will be a great event for everyone."
More than 10,000 people attended DeltaFest during the past two events. City officials expect this year's DeltaFest will surpass that number. The city anticipates people from Arkansas and Mississippi and others throughout Louisiana will participate in DeltaFest 2008.
Mayor Jamie Mayo said city officials have been planning the event for the past several months. He believes this year's DeltaFest will be the best yet.
"I think we have an opportunity to have one of the best weekends we've had in a long time," Mayo said.
Mayo said the best weekend the city enjoyed as far as welcoming visitors was last year when the University of Louisiana-Monroe played Grambling State University in football. Thousands of people poured into Monroe for the game. Many stayed in Monroe for several days, patronizing local businesses.
Mayo believes DeltaFest 2008 will have the same positive effect on the economy.
"That (ULM-Grambling game) had a tremendous economic impact on the community, and I believe DeltaFest 2008 will, if not rival that, then come close to it," Mayo said. "We'll have a lot of people participating, and the entertainers we'll have here will be world class."
"We really appreciate the opportunity to entertain our constituency here in Monroe as well as our parish and region," Mayo continued. "It gives them an opportunity to have a place to go and some things to do. The diversity that we'll have for these events will be second to none."
City councilman Arthur Gilmore urged local residents to attend the event.
"Tell everyone to please come out to DeltaFest," Gilmore said. "It's going to be an exciting time, and you won't have a dull moment."
Alana Cooper, executive director of Monroe/West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the event is an excellent way to attract tourists from all over the region.
"We've put a lot of money to market this event to the region because we think this is a regional event to show off our culture here," Cooper explained. "It's a great opportunity for Mississippi and Arkansas to come and have a great weekend in our town. Hopefully they'll come and bring their dollars with them, and leave them at the festival, our shops and gas stations and our restaurants."
Gates will open 10 a.m. Saturday following a motorcycle poker run for the zoo, golf tournament at Chennault Park Golf Course and co-ed softball tournament.
Gates will open Sunday at 1 p.m.
Featured entertainers for this year's DeltaFest include Cowboy Mouth, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. Zarr's Funk Monster, Mason Granade Band, Sugarfoot, Gary Brown, Knucklestone, Betty Lewis, Jackie Greggs Band, Lil' Brian, LC Smoove, and the Howard Shaft Reunion.
Comedian Rickey Smiley will kick off the celebration Thursday with a performance at the Monroe Civic Center.